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2023 Allianz Hurling League Division 1 – Waterford 2-31 Laois 2-19

February 11, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Waterford defeated Laois by 2-31 to 2-19 in Round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 on Saturday February 11th at Laois Hire O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Match Highlights

Allianz HL D1: Waterford finish strongly

Waterford 2-31 Laois 2-19

Report By Steven Miller for

Waterford turned in a powerful second-half performance to pick up their first win of this season’s Allianz Hurling League campaign, eventually pulling clear of a brave Laois challenge.

Waterford, who had drawn with Dublin in the opening game, were dealt a blow when corner-forward Michael Kiely was red-carded after just five minutes for an off-the-ball incident.

Laois had led 0-2 to 0-1 at the time after early points from debutant Ian Shanahan and a long-range free from goalkeeper Enda Rowland.

But Waterford got three in a row after Kiely’s dismissal, all three coming from newcomer Padraig Fitzgerald.

The Kilrossanty youngster would proceed to hit seven points for Waterford in the opening half though there was never much between the sides as Paddy Purcell, Aaron Dunphy (two), Ryan Mullaney, Jack Kelly and Stephen Maher all hit points for Laois.

Waterford did go four clear in the 27th minute when Neil Montgomery fired home a goal but it was cancelled out three minutes later when Martin Phelan passed to clubmate Ryan Mullaney who finished smartly past Billy Nolan.

Still, Jack Prendergast and Mark Fitzgerald hit the target for the visitors and they led 1-10 to 1-9 at the break.

Laois lost their numerical advantage seven minutes into the second half when Aidan Corby was red-carded for a challenge on Neil Montgomery.

Laois did strike for a goal three minutes later when Ryan Mullaney got his second and their dander was still up moments later when Martin Phelan pointed.

But the key moment arrived when Dessie Hutchinson goaled in the 48th minute and points from Austin Gleeson, Montgomery and two from Jack Prendergast had Waterford in control as we entered the final quarter.

They outscored Laois by 0-17 to 0-5 in that period and eventually ran out 12-point winners.

Interview with Waterford Manager Davy Fitzgerald

Scorers for Waterford: Padraig Fitzgerald 0-7 (5fs), Austin Gleeson 0-6 (4fs), Neil Montgomery 1-2, Dessie Hutchinson 1-1, Jack Prendergast and Jamie Barron 0-3 each, Calum Lyons and Reuben Halloran 0-2 each, Shane McNulty, Patrick Curran, Mark Fitzgerald, Conor Ryan, Patrick Fitzgerald 0-1 each.

Scorers for Laois: Ryan Mullaney 2-2, Stephen Maher 0-7 (five frees, one ‘65), Aaron Dunphy and Ross King 0-2 each, Enda Rowland (free), Ian Shanahan, Jack Kelly, Martin Phelan, Liam Senior and Paddy Purcell 0-1 each

Waterford: Billy Nolan; Conor Gleeson, Conor Prunty, Shane McNulty; Jack Fagan, Calum Lyons, Mark Fitzgerald; Jack Prendergast, Carthach Daly; Jamie Barron, Tom Barron, Neil Montgomery; Michael Kiely, Dessie Hutchinson, Padraig Fitzgerald.
Subs: Patrick Curran for T Barron (41), Austin Gleeson for P Fitzgerald (47), Reuben Halloran for Daly (54), Conor Ryan for McNulty (55), Patrick Fitzgerald for

Laois: Enda Rowland; Donnchadh Hartnett, Podge Delaney, Fiachra C-Fennell; Padraic Dunne, Paddy Purcell, Ian Shanahan; Jack Kelly, Aidan Corby; Ryan Mullaney, Tomas Keyes, Stephen Maher; Martin Phelan, James Keyes, Aaron Dunphy.
Subs: Ross King for T Keyes (45), Liam Senior for Kelly (56), James Duggan for Dunphy (56), Liam O’Connell for J Keyes (62), Jordan Walshe for Phelan (63)

Referee: Sean Stack (Dublin).

Match Coverage

Team News

LAOIS (AHL v Waterford): E. Rowland; D. Hartnett, P. Delaney, F.C. Farrell; P. Dunne, R. Mullaney, J. Kelly; P. Purcell, I. Shanahan; A. Corby, S. Maher, T. Keyes; M. Phelan, J. Keyes, A. Dunphy.
Subs: P. Walsh, R. King, L. O’Connell, J. Duggan, G. Lynch, F. Mahoney, P. Lalor, L. Senior, W. Dunphy, J. Walsh, D. Delaney.


February 11, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Laois Hire O’Moore Park Portlaoise

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